Car Accident LiabilityRupert Wood & Son
Rupert Wood & Son are associates of TrafficLawyer4u and handle the road traffic accident compensation side of our business. We at TrafficLawyer4u have complete faith in their abilities to gain fair compensation for their clients.
Involved in a Car Accident?
If you have been involved in a road traffic accident that wasn't your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Rupert Wood & Son we pride ourselves in giving honest and practical advice to our clients following an accident.
We will consider the merits of your claim, and as long as the claim has reasonable prospects of success, then we will deal with the matter on your behalf under a No Win No Fee agreement.
This means that if you are successful, then the other side will pay our costs, and if you lose, we will not charge you. In addition, we guarantee that there will be no deductions from the compensation you are awarded.
Compensation and Liability Elements to Consider
Once we have considered the merits of the claim, we will go on to consider exactly what amount of compensation you are entitled to. It is not just a question of being compensated for the injuries you have sustained. There are all manner of incidental expenses in respect of which you might be entitled to recover:-
- Damage to your vehicle
If you have been involved in an accident your vehicle will have been damaged. If you are not insured fully comprehensively, we can arrange for your vehicle to be inspected in order to assess the likely cost of repair. We can then arrange with the Third Party insurers to have the vehicle repaired at no cost to you.
- Policy excess
Even if you are insured fully comprehensively, when you insurers repair your vehicle, there is still the question of the policy excess which has to be paid to the garage. This also forms a part of your claim.
- Vehicle hire
We can arrange for the hire of a comparable vehicle for the time yours is off the road, or until such time as you receive the funds to purchase an alternative vehicle. Again there would be no charge to you.
- Recovery and storage Charges
If your vehicle had to be removed from the scene of the accident, there will have been charges associated with this, and similarly, it may have been stored at a garage pending inspection by your insurers. We can recover these expenses for
- Loss of Earnings
Even with a relatively minor injury, you may have had to have time off work. Whilst most employers these days will continue to pay staff during absences following an accident, the longer the period of absence, the less likely they are to do so.
Whether they are prepared to continue paying you or not, most employers these days include a clause in their contracts of employment that if absences are caused though the fault of another party in respect of which you make a claim, then you have to include wages payments made to you as part of your claim. If you do not do so, you may be penalised.
- Loss of overtime
With many employees, even if the basic wage is being paid during the absence from work following an accident, you may have lost out in terms of overtime, bonuses, or attendance allowance. We will ensure that these will be recovered for you, so that you will be in the same position as you would have been had it not been for the accident.
- Travelling expenses
Following an accident you may incur additional travelling expenses, for example attending medical examinations, physiotherapist appointments or out patients appointments. Although these may seem petty, depending upon the seriousness of the injury, they can soon mount up. It is out job to ensure that matters such as these are not overlooked.
- Care and assistance
The more serious the injury, the more relevant this head of claim will be. The provision of care by friends or family, whether looking after you, or doing things for the family which you would otherwise have done forms a legitimate part of your claim, and in some cases, can exceed the value of the claim for the injuries themselves.
We strive to ensure that these aspects of the claim are properly investigated to ensure that you are adequately compensated for the effect of the accident upon you and your family.
- Gardening and DIY
The more active the Claimant, the wider the heads of damage he can recover.If your injuries prevent you from doing routine gardening, house decoration and maintenance, window cleaning or even the upkeep and servicing of your own car, these are things which can be recovered for you, and which the less experienced lawyer might overlook.
- Items lost in the accident
Whether limited to the petrol in your tank, or the spoiled shopping in your boot, if you have lost property in the accident, you are entitled to recover for it, and it is our job to make sure that this is the case.
This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but an indication that when we deal with a claim, we ensure that every element of loss is properly considered.
In most claims, however, it is the value of the injury which will form the main part of your claim. The Courts use guidelines with regard to claims for Personal Injury which give a range of awards for each particular type of injury. These brackets can range from a couple of thousand pounds, up to ten thousand pounds.
We will ensure that all relevant matters are taken into consideration with a view to ensuring that your settlement is towards the top of the range for your type of injury.
For further information or for a free half hour interview please call 0161 330 9121.